Cats Sweep Beavers in Softball

April 27, 2001

Cats Sweep Beavers in Softball

TUCSON, Ariz.-Top-ranked Arizona slipped past No. 14 Oregon State in the opener, 1-0, then had an easier time of it in the second game, 7-1, to sweep a softball doubleheader from the Beavers and stay atop the Pac-10 standings.

Arizona played as the visitor on its home field in the second game, a make-up date for a game rained out March 31 in Corvallis. The Wildcats extended their home-field winning streak to 39 games.

Senior Becky Lemke (15-2) earned the victory in game two, scattering six hits and allowing no earned runs. She struck out four and needs only three more to become Arizona's career strikeouts leader. She has 872 and Susie Parra is the record holder with 874.

Oregon State scored an unearned run in the first without a hit. Brooke Rutschman led off with a walk and moved to third when catcher Lindsey Collins' throw on a sacrifice by Michelle Chariton hit the runner and first and bounced away. Shawna Feldt's fly out to center scored Rutschman.

OSU pitcher Monica Hoffman (11-9) hit Kim Balkan and walked Allison Andrade and Lisha Ribellia with two outs in the second to load the bases. Lauren Bauer's single to right drove in Balkan to tie it.

Leneah Manuma's team-best 17th home run of the season, a liner to right-center, broke the tie for Arizona in the third, then Balkan added an RBI single and Ribellia drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 4-1.

Manuma and Balkan doubled in the fifth to give Arizona another run and the Cats pushed it to 7-1 on a two-rung single by Jennie Finch in the sixth.

In the opener, junior pitcher Jennie Finch pitched a two-hitter for her 15th shutout and a 22-0 record. She struck out eight.

Shelly Prochaska singled to center in the second and Brynnen Guthrie beat a throw from third i the third. The only other Oregon State runner was Steph Adams, who walked in the second.

Arizona used its short game to take a 1-0 lead for the only run of the game in the bottom of the fifth. Kim Balkan singled and was forced at second by Lauren Bauer, who stole second. An out later, Toni Mascarenas' one-hop single over third bounced past shortstop Shawna Feldt and Bauer scored without a throw to the plate.

UA managed only five hits off loser Crystal Draper, who was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week over Finch and a couple of other nominees for the previous week when the latter won four games.

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